Human spectrograms—video from the FRESH Conference

by Adrian Segar

Thanks to Merv Wyeth of Chanctonbury Associates for this video of the human spectrograms (aka body voting) I facilitated at a session on facilitation at the 2013 FRESH conference on innovative meeting formats in Copenhagen, Denmark this week. In the video we explore participants’ answers to the following questions:

  • What percentage of the meeting sessions you organize use facilitation? Then moving to…
  • What percentage of the meeting sessions you organize do you think should be facilitated?
  • How willing are you to try participative formats?
  • How willing are your meeting owners to try participative formats?
  • How willing are your meeting participants to try participative formats?
  • How successful are you at persuading meeting owners to use facilitation, when appropriate, during sessions?
  • What percentage of your attendees are familiar with participative formats? (This question was audience suggested.)

Note how I use human spectrograms to interview participants at different points on the answer continuum to shed light on their viewpoints and circumstances.

The video also illustrates state-change human spectrograms, where the group can watch the movement between the answers to two slightly different questions, as well as demonstrating a form of two-dimensional human spectrogram, where we differentiate answers along a second axis in the room—in this case how answers differ for corporate and association meeting planners.


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